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"Brito To Answer Call?"

June 18, 2011 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - FC New York News Release

F.C. New York striker Graciano Brito phone is ringing 3500 miles to the East, the nation of Cape Verde. The country is made up of 10 islands where football (soccer) is the national sport is looking to add the 6'4" scorer to the squad. While the Cape Verde National Football Team represents Cape Verde abroad, many internationally known football players were born in Cape Verde, or were descendants of Cape Verdeans, and play for other nation's teams. Including Nani, Jorge Andrade and Nelson Marcos who play with Portugal, Henrik Larsson (whose father is Cape Verdean) played for Sweden and Patrick Vieira (whose mother is Cape Verdean) plays for France, while Gelson Fernandes plays for Switzerland. Brito could play for United States or Cape Verde.

Despite a narrow loss in Liberia last weekend the nation of Cape Verde has high hopes of a first-ever appearance in 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Coach Lucio Antunes needs to prepare for Bamako and Brito with a nose for the net could provide the extra scoring threat they need. Brito who is still sidelined with a knee injury suffered when he was kicked during the match with Richmond hopes to be back when they face Richmond again June 24th. Brito when asked when he will return, flashes a broad smile and states "when the doctor says so, but I hope it won't be too long".

F.C. New York will meet the New York Pancyprian Freedoms on Tuesday evening at Belson Stadium in the second round of the US Open Cup and then Friday a special Nassau County Soccer Night at Adelphi University which bring the Richmond Kickers to town. [attached photo Graciano Brito on the left courtesy of Pablo Corrado/FC New York]

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